April 16, 2021

Covid hits 50 city employees

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About 50 employees of the Bacolod City government have been infected by the coronavirus disease 2019, as of Monday, City Administrator Em Ang, who is also the executive director of the Emergency Operations Center, said.


‘Marton’s killing well-planned’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The killing of provincial consultant Mariano Antonio “Marton” Cui was well planned, and perpetrated by experts. This was the initial assessment of police provincial director, Col. Romy Palgue, and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday, as the


Cutting of trees necessary: DPWH exec

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Bacolod City District Engineer James Javellana said yesterday that the cutting of 26 century-old trees beside the old airport was necessary, adding that he welcomes the investigation launched by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Rep. Greg


Police: Nine arrested in drug-bust operations

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III / GILBERT P. BAYORAN Nine persons were arrested and sachets of suspected shabu were seized in drug buy-bust operations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental Wednesday and Thursday. P/Lt. Liberty Indiape, BCPO spokesperson, said joint


P15M road concreting project up

Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo led the groundbreaking rites for the road concreting project in Brgy. Crossing Magallon, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental yesterday* GPB photo


Kabankalan barangays get vehicles

Nine rescue vehicles and one backhoe loader were turned over by Kabankalan Mayor Pedro Zayco to the beneficiary barangays in rites held at the Motorpool Compound in Brgy. 3 yesterday. The barangay captains of Orong, Tapi, Hilamonan, Oringao, Tabugon, Pinaguinpinan,


DepEd eyes higher polls compensation

The Department of Education has reached out to the Commission on Elections and requested for additional compensation and benefits for poll workers in the 2022 national elections. Secretary Leonor Briones, in her letter to Comelec Chair Sheriff Abas, noted that


Cycle of life

One of the coronavirus fads that local governments should give serious consideration as a potential path forward for any post-Covid planning sessions that are hopefully being held is the rise of bicycling as a form of recreation, and more importantly,



“Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” Those lines from poet Joyce Kilmer immediately came to my mind upon reading the news that appeared in the DAILY STAR yesterday about the cutting of

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2 NPA guerilla fronts dismantled in Negros

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division reported that it has dismantled two New People’s Army guerilla fronts in Negros Island, with another soon to follow. Maj. Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division, said

Halep knocked out of Madrid Open as Thiem cruises through

World number three Simona Halep was dumped out of the Madrid Open on Tuesday, losing 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the last 16 to Belgian Elise Mertens, while Dominic Thiem claimed a straightforward win in his first match since March. Romania’s


As our nation continues to wait for the bulk of the Covid-19 vaccines that up to now have no final delivery dates because the officials responsible who had one job dropped that potentially game changing ball multiple times, one of

NegOcc tourism workers get P80M

Some 16,149 beneficiaries from the tourism industry in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic have availed of P80.745 million in financial aid under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or Bayanihan 2. Tourism

Word of the Year

What is the word of the year? Could it be anything  other than COVID? Actually it has been on everyone’s mouth and thoughts, not because of its novelty, but because of its deadly connotation. Of course we all remember that

Vaccinated travelers still need to undergo 14-day quarantine

All travelers who wish to enter the Philippines, including those who have already been inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019, are required to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine, Malacañang said yesterday. “What is the new protocol for anyone who will enter